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Learning at the speed of trust – Learning Brief

This is the second and final Learning Brief which aims to share lessons with the wider advocacy community from an innovative project to support advocacy organizations to develop their core MLE capacities.

The project worked with six organizations that advocate on behalf of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund), and received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to develop their core Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) capacities.

Read our blog: Learning at the speed of trust: building monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity

Through 2018 and 2019, a dedicated team from Itad provided bespoke support to the advocacy organizations to develop tailored skills, tools and systems to support their work. This was the first time a portfolio within the BMGF Program Advocacy and Communications team piloted a project like this. Given the innovative nature of the project, Itad has produced two Learning Briefs to document lessons from the project.

Learning Brief 2 focuses on five key lessons which we identified as critical for the advocacy organizations, the funder and the Itad MLE support team to effectively work together to help advocacy organizations integrate effective MLE practices into their ways of working. It takes a ‘360 degree’ view by drawing on the practical experiences and reflections of the advocacy organizations, BMGF and the MLE support team.

Although the learning is drawn from a specific project, we believe that the lessons are relevant to a wide range of organizations wishing to use MLE approaches to strengthen how to use learning to adapt and improve their advocacy work, as well as for tracking change and reporting to funders.

Read more about our work with the Global Fund